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My subject is the debate that surrounded the anarchist-terrorists of France in the last decade of the nineteenth century. In the 1890s, as bombs and rumors of bombs overthrew the news of the day, French men and women grappled with the meaning of this terror. At times, the response to the anarchist bombings took the shape of a proxy war over the issues that moved French politics in these years. But it was more than just this. For all of its variety, the debate centered on the problem of intellectual responsibility and gave form to the specter of the dangerous, rootless intellectual. There is a larger lesson in this tale, for the debate over the anarchist-terrorists of fin-de-siecle France makes for a revealing case study in the ways in which democratic societies respond to the threat of homegrown terrorism. It demonstrates the difficult challenge that terrorism poses to democratic societies and the ways in which democracies have repeatedly failed to grasp the measure of terrorism. It shows just how easily political-cultural interests am hijack debates over terrorism. The greatest challenge posed by terrorism is not a threat to institutions and values; it is a problem of understanding. I. American Taliban: An Introduction to the Political Imaginary of Terrorism

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2010
December 22
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
51
Pages
PUBLISHER
Journal of Social History
SELLER
The Gale Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation and an affiliate of Cengage Learning, Inc.
SIZE
267.9
KB

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